Lawsuit Against School District U-46 Settled
The Board of Education of School District U-46 approved a settlement agreement in the nearly decade long case of McFadden vs. Board of Education for Illinois School District U-46.
In 2013, a federal judge ruled in favor of the district related to a 2004 student assignment plan saying it did not discriminate against Hispanic or African-American students. The judge also found the district's English Language Learners program did not violate federal law. The court, however, found against the district regarding part of its elementary gifted program saying it was discriminatory.
"We reached what we believe is a reasonable settlement of the plaintiff's fees - $2.5 million over two fiscal years related to only the gifted portion of the trial - to bring this matter to a close and avoid the expense of an appeal," said Board of Education President Donna Smith. She added, "We will use this as an opportunity to revamp and strengthen our gifted education program."
Prior to the settlement, the district developed a revised and expanded elementary program for gifted students. This program establishes for all students a talent development program for grades 1-3, an expanded and revised gifted program for students in grades 4-6, a gifted dual language program in grades 4-6, and cluster groupings for students in grades 4-6 who are identified as gifted in either language arts or math.
The settlement agreement incorporates the district developed changes to its gifted program as well as the payment of plaintiff's attorney fees related to the gifted portion of the lawsuit. The settlement agreement also calls for the district to submit two reports to the court, in August 2015 and in August 2016, regarding the implementation of the gifted program. There will be no court appointed monitor. If approved by the court, the agreement will settle the class action lawsuit.
"The Board believes the terms of this settlement agreement to be fiscally and educationally appropriate," Smith said.
The settlement is in stark contrast to other school districts that have faced similar suits and spent upwards of $250 million, such as the Rockford Public Schools, in implementing a consent decree and ongoing legal fees.
Resuelta La Demanda Contra el Distrito Escolar U-46
Elgin- La Junta Educativa del Distrito Escolar U-46 tiene programado aprobar un acuerdo en el caso de casi una década de McFadden vs la Junta Educativa del Distrito Escolar U-46 de Illinois.
En el año 2013, un juez federal falló a favor del distrito en relación con un plan de asignación estudiantil del 2004 diciendo que no discrimino a los estudiantes hispanos o afroamericanos. El juez también encontró que el Programa para Estudiantes que Aprenden Inglés del distrito no violó la ley federal. Sin embargo el tribunal, falló en contra del distrito con respecto a la parte del Programa de Estudiantes Sobresalientes y Dotados de las escuelas elementales diciendo que era discriminatorio.
"Llegamos a lo que creemos es un acuerdo razonable de los honorarios de la parte demandante – 2.5 millones de dólares a través de dos años fiscales relacionados solamente con la parte del programa de Estudiantes Sobresalientes y Dotados del juicio – y así traer este asunto a su fin y evitar el gasto de una apelación", dijo el presidente de la Junta Educativa la Sra. Donna Smith. Ella añadió, "Vamos a utilizar esto como una oportunidad para renovar y fortalecer nuestro programa de Estudiantes Sobresalientes y Dotados.
Antes del acuerdo, el distrito desarrolló un programa elemental que fue revisado y ampliado para los estudiantes sobresalientes y dotados. Este programa establece un programa de desarrollo de talento para todos los estudiantes de grados 1 a 3, un programa de estudiantes sobresalientes y dotados revisado y ampliado para los estudiantes de grados 4 a 6, un programa de Lenguaje Dual para estudiantes sobresalientes y dotados de grados 4 a 6 y agrupaciones para estudiantes de grados 4 a 6 que son identificados como estudiantes sobresalientes y dotados, ya sea en las artes lingüísticas o en matemáticas.
El acuerdo incluye los cambios desarrollados por el distrito a su programa de estudiantes sobresalientes y dotados así como el pago de los honorarios del abogado del demandante en relación con la parte de la demanda del programa de Estudiantes Sobresalientes y Dotados. El acuerdo también le pide al distrito que presente dos informes a la corte, en agosto del año 2015 y en agosto del año 2016, sobre la implementación del Programa de Estudiantes Sobresalientes y Dotados. No habrá ningún monitor nombrado por el tribunal. Si es aprobado por la Junta Educativa de U-46 y el tribunal, el acuerdo resolverá la demanda colectiva.
"La Junta cree que los términos de este acuerdo son fiscalmente y educativamente apropiados", dijo la Sra. Smith.
El acuerdo es en fuerte contraste con otros distritos escolares que han enfrentado demandas similares y gastado más de $250 millones, como las Escuelas Públicas de Rockford, implementando un decreto de consentimiento y gastos legales en curso.
U-46 2013 Annual Report
For the first time, U-46 published an Annual Report to highlight district, staff and student accomplishments in 2013, separate from the district’s budget report. The Annual Report includes stories of educational excellence in teaching and learning, national and state awards, initiatives to close the achievement gap, operational and employee excellence, family and community engagement highlights, and improvements in the district’s Destination 2015 goals.
Extended Day Kindergarten
Registration for Extended Day Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year is now open. Extended Day Kindergarten benefits students by giving them more time for educational experiences to further develop their motor, language, literacy, and social skills. It will allow teachers to provide more time to address individual strengths and needs and increase student achievements. Depending on the hours of the site, the length of EDK will be 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
If demand exceeds the spots available a lottery will be conducted for interested families. Interest forms are available at all U-46 elementary schools and below. The application deadline is March 21.The program is tuition-based, but reduced fees are offered for students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch.
Extended Day Kindergarten Fees:
· $100 for August and $300 per month for 9 months, September through May.
· Students who qualify for Free Lunch will pay $25 for August, and $70 per month, September through May.
· Students who qualify for Reduced Lunch will pay $50 for August, and $145 per month, September through May.
Bus transportation will only be provided if the EDK site is a student’s home school and the student lives over 1.5 miles from the school.
U-46 Responds to Stakeholder Feedback
Proposes Revised Start Dates for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 Calendars
In response to our request for feedback on the proposed calendars for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, thousands of people responded, many of whom opposed the earlier start. As a result, U-46 administration will be recommending revised calendars for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 to the Board of Education on Feb. 24. The vote regarding the calendars will occur on March 3:
Please note that these calendars return us to a calendar similar to the current school year, including:
· 2014/2015 – Start on August 18 (five days later than the first proposal; same Monday start as 2013-2014 school year)
· 2015/2016 – Start on August 17 (five days later than the first proposal; same Monday start as 2013-2014 school year)
· Pre-school beginning a week after the school year begins.
Please review the following proposed calendars and responses to frequently asked questions.
Revised Proposed Calendars
El Distrito U-46 Respondió a los Comentarios
Propone Nuevas Fechas para el Primer Día de Clases del Calendario Escolar 2014-2015 y el Calendario Escolar 2015-2016
En respuesta a nuestra petición de comentarios al propuesto calendario para el año escolar 2014-2015 y el año escolar 2015-2016, miles de personas respondieron, muchos de los cuales se opusieron a comenzar el año escolar más temprano. Como resultado, la administración del Distrito U-46 le presentará los nuevos calendarios escolares del año escolar 2014/2015 y del año escolar 2015/2016 a la Junta Educativa durante su reunión el 24 de febrero. La votación de los nuevos calendarios no ocurrirá hasta el 3 de marzo:
Por favor tenga en cuenta que estos calendarios nos regresan a un calendario similar al año escolar actual, el cual incluye:
· Año Escolar 2014/2015 – Comienza el 18 de agosto (cinco días después del primer propuesto calendario; también comenzará el lunes igual que el año escolar 2013-2014)
· Año Escolar 2015/2016 – Comienza el 17 de agosto (cinco días después del primer propuesto calendario; también comenzará el lunes igual que el año escolar 2013-2014)
· Prescolar comenzará una semana después del comienzo del año escolar.
Por favor revise los siguientes propuestos calendarios y las respuestas a las preguntas frecuentes.
Los Nuevos Propuestos Calendarios
Public School Choice & SES (Supplemental Educational Services)
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U-46 Parents Encouraged to Pre-Register Students at Kindergarten Rally
Elgin, IL - Parents or guardians who plan to send their child to kindergarten in School District U-46 for the 2014–2015 school year should attend Kindergarten Rally on February 20, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at their child’s home school. If you were not able to attend, please call your child's home school. Click here for a list of schools with phone numbers. Children who turn five years old on or before September 1, 2014 will be eligible.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for parents of little ones entering the school district,” said Superintendent José M. Torres. “The Kindergarten Rally should help ease parents’ kindergarten jitters by providing them an opportunity to check out their child’s new school, get all of the required registration forms, and ask questions.”
During Kindergarten Rally, parents will pre
-register their child for kindergarten at the school their child will attend. Parents or guardians must bring the child’s original birth certificate and three proofs of residence in the district. Registration forms, immunization requirements and other informational materials will be distributed at Kindergarten Rally.
Parents or guardians who have questions about where their child will attend school can contact U-46’s School and Community Relations office, (847) 888-5000 ext. 5003 or they can check on www.u-46.org.
The Illinois School Code requires kindergarten students to submit a report of a physical examination and the dates that certain immunizations were received in order to attend school. All immunizations must be recorded on the state approved examination form. Area physicians and all District U-46 schools have the state-approved physical exam forms. The forms are also available on the district’s website. Physical exam documents must be brought to the school on or before the first day of class. School District U-46 has a First Day Exclusion policy for physical examinations and immunizations.
Please click here for English form.
Please click here for Spanish form.
U-46 Extends STEM Deadline
The deadline to apply for the U-46 STEM Expo has been extended to Monday March 10, 2014 at 5 pm. STEM Expo is an opportunity for students to explore and discover Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math through hands on investigations and research. The focus is for students to develop and design a project based on their own natural curiosities or questions. The STEM EXPO will take place on Saturday April 5, 2014 at South Elgin High School from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., when students will present their final projects to volunteer judges and thousands of attendees. Students should visit www.u46STEMexpo.com to get project ideas and register their project.
Click here to view flyer and registration form.
U-46 Celebrates New National Board Certified Teachers
Elgin – At its February 24 meeting, the U-46 Board of Education recognized six teachers who have recently achieved National Board Certification and three teachers who have recently renewed National Board Certification. This is the highest credential in the teaching profession and may be the most powerful professional development experience available to teachers. A voluntary process established by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Certification is achieved through a rigorous performance-based assessment that takes one to three years to complete. There is only a 33 percent pass rate on the first attempt.
“I’m pleased that so many of our teachers commit their personal time and energy to grow professionally,” said Superintendent José M. Torres. “Ultimately, our students are the ones who benefit. National Board Certified teachers bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom because of the work invested in gaining this certification.”
The following individuals received National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in School District U-46:
Diane Doherty - Hawk Hollow Elementary School teacher
Neal Ford - Eastview Middle School teacher
Juanita Jimenez - Liberty Elementary School Principal; Channing Memorial Elementary School Teacher when she began the process
Marisol Saavedra - Timber Trails Elementary School teacher
Stacey Catavu - Garfield Elementary School teacher
Anna Hallock McEvilly - Canton Middle School teacher
The following individuals renewed National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in School District U-46:
Margaret Saunders - Harriet Gifford Elementary School teacher
Laura Newmeyer - Timber Trails Elementary School teacher
Kari Hernandez - Tefft Middle School teacher
In total, 98 U-46 teachers have earned National Board Certification since 1996, with over half since 2009. Of these 98 teachers, 76 currently work in U-46, (those no longer working in U-46 have retired or relocated), four are now District administrators, two are retired part-time, and U-46 has hired one NBCT as a new teacher to the district.
Photo Caption: Front row, left to right: Diane Doherty, Juanita Jimenez, Stacey Catavu, Laura Newmeyer (Renewed); Back row: Margaret Saunders (Renewed), Kari Hernandez (Renewed), Neal Ford, Anna Hallock McEvilly, Marisol Saavedra
Planetarium Show March 13
Don't forget the program on Star Mapping on March 13 at 4:30 and 6:15 p.m. at the U-46 Planetarium located at 312 Watch St. (corner of Raymond & Watch St.). Click here to view flyer.
U-46 Launches Third Annual Superintendent
Elgin - School District U-46 announced today the launch of its Third Annual Superintendent Scholarship program, which was established in 2012 to support students who are the first in their immediate family to attend college. Over the past two years, more than fifty $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to graduating U-46 seniors.
“We designed this program to help inspire students who may not have ever dreamed that college could be a reality for them,” said Superintendent José M. Torres. “Many of our past scholarship recipients weren’t at the top of their class academically, but they demonstrated perseverance and a commitment to their education. Being part of the first generation in your family to attend college is a huge accomplishment that deserves recognition.”
Torres continued his financial support of the scholarship fund by promising to match donations up to a total of $10,000. The scholarship fund is also sponsored by generous donations from area community and business partners.
“The scholarship helped me a great deal,” said South Elgin graduate and scholarship recipient Jakelin Herrera who is currently attending Elgin Community College. “It helped me gain confidence in myself. I now strive for a better future. I never really had much recognition in the past, nor did I ever imagine myself receiving a scholarship.”
“I thank those who helped me receive the scholarship for making me realize it’s never too late to make changes and take education seriously,” said Herrera who plans to apply for the Massage Therapy program in the fall and hopes to own her own Spa business in the future.
High school seniors can click here to find applications for the Superintendent Scholarship program. Applications must be submitted to high school guidance offices by Friday, March 14. Scholarship recipients will be notified in April and required to attend an award ceremony scheduled for April 30, 2014.
“I encourage our U-46 community to invest in this important scholarship program because every donation makes a difference in our students’ lives,” Torres said. “Many of the past recipients have shared with me that these scholarships made a tremendous difference and gave them hope for success after U-46.”
School District U-46 is currently accepting donations to the Scholarship fund. To make a donation by phone, please contact Rachel Traficanti at 847-888-5000 x6028. Donations can also be made online through the U-46 webpage, http://www.u-46.org/foundation/.
“When I found out I was very excited, that money is a great help toward my education. It shows that everything I worked hard for in high school paid off,” said Arlette Ramos,” a Bartlett High School graduate and scholarship recipient who is studying nursing at Aurora University.
“When my youngest brother was born, he spent a month in the hospital and I interacted with nurses and saw first-hand how they worked and that’s why I wanted to become a nurse,” Ramos said.
Dual Language Interest Form
Window for submitting the 80:20 Dual Language Interest Form for the 2014-2015 School Year is now OPEN!
Parents who are interested in the U-46 80:20 Dual Language Program can now submit the DL Interest Form for students entering kindergarten and/or English-dominant students who will be entering 1st grade in 2014-2015. Parents interested in signing their child(ren) up for this program are able to do it by completing and submitting the online Dual Language Interest Form by clicking HERE
. Dual Language Interest Forms are also available at the schools with the Dual Language Program (click here
for a complete list), at the Family Welcome Center as well as at the ELL Department office located on the 3rd
floor of the U-46 Educational Services Center on 355 E Chicago St, Elgin.
For more information, please contact the ELL Department at 847-888-5000 ext. 5331, 5332 or 4279.
¡AHORA es el periodo de tiempo para someter la Declaración de Interés para el Programa de Lenguaje Dual 80:20 en el año escolar 2014-2015!
¡AHORA es el momento para someter la Declaración de Interés para el Programa de Lenguaje Dual 80:20 para el año escolar 2014-2015! Deseamos informarle que ahora usted puede someter la Declaración de Interés para el Programa de Lenguaje Dual para aquellos estudiantes que estén entrando al Kindergarten y/o al 1er Grado en el año escolar 2014-2015.
Si usted está interesado en matricular a su(s) hijo/a(s) en el Programa de Lenguaje Dual 80:20 del Distrito Escolar U-46 por favor haga ahora clic AQUí.
De esta manera desde su casa usted
podrá completar y someter la forma donde usted nos informa su interés en el Programa de Lenguaje Dual. La Declaración de Interés también está disponible en todas las escuelas del Programa de Lenguaje Dual (por favor haga clic aquí
para obtener la lista completa de escuelas) así como también en el Centro de Bienvenida Familiar y en el Departamento de ELL localizado en el tercer piso del Centro de Servicios Educativos en el 355 E Chicago St, Elgin.
Para más información favor de contactarse con el Departamento de ELL al número de teléfono 847-888-5000 extensión 5331, 5332 o 4279.
U-46 High School Students Recognized as Future African American Leaders
The Black History Family Festival honored hard-working African American students from each of U-46's five high schools. Each student was selected for demonstrating excellence in good citizenship, attention to academics, extracurricular activities, community engagement and future aspirations.
The 2014 recipients are Courtney Jones, Bartlett High School; Treasure Smith, Elgin High School; Elizabeth Oyewande, Larkin High School; Katelyn Ware, South Elgin High School; Kimberlee George-Chuckwameka, Streamwood High School.
Hear more about their stories: Video
Secondary Grading Changes
School District U-46 is implementing an equal incremental grading scale for all middle and high schools for the 2013-2014 school year. The scale that will be implemented district-wide at the secondary level is: 5=A+, 4=A, 3=B, 2=C, 1=D, and 0=E.
For the Secondary Grading February 2014 Update, click here.
For the Secondary Grading Powerpoint, click here.
For the Secondary Grading FAQ, click here.
For the Secondary Grading Video, click here.
To submit a question about Secondary Grading, click here.
|Emergency Closing Procedures
School District U-46 is ready for inclement weather. The district’s primary concern is the safety and welfare of students, as well as our staff. This link shares the process for school closings due to inclement weather. Please click here to view procedures.
Please click here to view elementary school playground procedures during inclement weather.
Two U-46 High Schools Named Best in the Nation
Newsweek named Bartlett High School to its list of America’s Best High Schools for 2013. Bartlett High School ranked 1,754 and was selected for producing college-ready graduates. Students, teachers, guidance counselors and administrators open up about the innovative curriculum offered at Bartlett High School. Click here
to watch the video.
U.S. News and World Report named Elgin High School among the Best High Schools for 2013. Elgin High School received a national rank of 1,776 and a state rank of 56. Students, teachers and administrators share their experiences about classes and extracurricular activities at Elgin High School. Click here to watch the video.
School District U-46 & Elgin Area Businesses Highlighted in National PBS Report
PBS Special Correspondent John Tulenko from Learning Matters offers an inside look featuring Elgin High School teachers and students about the importance of the National Career Readiness Certification and its impact on the Elgin work force. The report includes an interview with Superintendent José M. Torres discussing the district's efforts to equip students with work place readiness skills. To watch, http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/education/jan-june14/skillsgap_01-22.html
Dr. Torres and Consortium of Superintendents Propose Accountability Measures for Federal Education Reform Bill
School District U-46 Superintendent José M. Torres along with a group of school superintendents from the nation’s highest performing school districts have developed a framework for the next generation of school accountability. Full Story
U-46 Superintendent Torres Receives Prestigious Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award
School District U-46 Superintendent José M. Torres has been named a recipient of the 2014 Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award by AASA, the School Superintendent’s Association. Full Story
Bartlett High School Student Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award
Jonathan Brennan has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Full Story
U-46 Middle School Students Advance to State Science Olympiad in April
Nearly 70 students from six U-46 middle schools competed in the district’s inaugural Science Olympiad Regional event on February 22 at Abbott Middle School. Full Story
South Elgin High Nurse Receives Journal of School Nursing Award
South Elgin High School nurse Julia Olsta recently received The Journal of School Nursing/SAGE First Publication Award by a School Nurse. Full Story
U-46 DECA Students Earn High Honors at Regional Competition, Head to State
U-46 high school students earned top honors at the West Suburban DECA Regional competition held in Rosemont last month. 30 students from Bartlett, South Elgin and Streamwood High Schools will move on to compete at the state competition. Full Story
Ontarioville’s Emma Page Named Hanover Park Educator of the Year
Ontarioville Elementary School teacher Emma Page was named Hanover Park Educator of the Year for 2014 by Mayor Rodney Craig during the city’s annual awards ceremony last month. Full Story
Elgin High Clumsy Chefs Place First in State, Head to Nationals
The Elgin High Clumsy Chefs restaurant management team put together a winning restaurant concept that earned first place in the Illinois ProStart Competition. Full Story
2014 High School Graduation
U-46 high school graduations will be held at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, May 24. Full Story
Bartlett Academy Students Develop Winning Technology
A team of freshmen students in Bartlett High School’s Science, Engineering and Technology Academy earned state and Midwest regional honors in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. Full Story
Business & Civic Leaders Help Shape Future of U-46
“At U-46, we value our community partnerships and believe they can make a powerful impact in our schools,” said Superintendent José M. Torres. “We want to capitalize on the wealth of expertise, knowledge, and resources that our business and community Full Story
U-46 High Schools Receive Accreditation
School District U-46’s five high schools were awarded accreditation from AdvancED, the world’s largest education community which accredits school systems committed to excellence and continued improvement. Full Story
U-46 History Teacher Named to Governor’s Task Force on Civic Education
Bartlett High School History Teacher Larry Pahl was recently appointed as one of thirteen members to serve on Governor Quinn’s Task Force on Civic Education. Full Story
New Book Highlights Work of Streamwood High Science Teacher
Streamwood High School Science Teacher Greg Reiva’s engaging worm farm classroom projects are highlighted in a new book called Enhancing Adolescents’ Motivation for Science: Research-Based Strategies for Teaching Male and Female Students. Full Story
U-46 Schools Honor Our Nations Heroes on Veterans Day
Today, U-46 schools are open in celebration of Veterans Day and many of our schools are putting on meaningful events to honor our nation’s heroes. Full Story
U-46 School News
Upcoming events in U-46 Full Story
Elgin High School Student Named to State Board’s Student Advisory Council
Elgin High School Senior Destiny Alicea was recently named to the Illinois State Board of Education’s Student Advisory Commission. Full Story
U-46 Students Recognized for High Scores in NUMATS Program
Sycamore Trails fourth grade SWAS student Eugene Lim and Tefft eighth grade SWAS student George Jeno were recognized by the Center for Talent Development at a special award ceremony on September 7. Full Story
U-46 FY14 Budget Adopted September 23, 2013
U-46 FY14 Budget was adopted at the Board of Education meeting on September 23, 2013 Full Story
U-46 ELL Department to Host Student & Parent Events for Hispanic Heritage Month
U-46 will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of student assemblies presented by the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI). Full Story
Highland Recognized as One of Five PBIS Exemplar Schools in IL
40 U-46 schools recognized for PBIS implementation out of over 670 PBIS schools in IL Full Story
Things You Should Know
E-mail newsletter sent out to families who have signed up to receive it. Full Story
U-46 Celebrates 353 AP Scholars
In recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, 353 U-46 high school students have been named AP Scholars by the College Board. Full Story
New Broad Foundation Report Recognizes U-46 Progress to Boost AP Performance Among Hispanic Students
A new report released yesterday by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation recognizes School District U-46 as one of five districts at which, “Hispanic students are improving AP passing rates quickly enough to gain on their white peers while... Full Story
Bartlett High School Named to Newsweek's List of America's Best High Schools
Bartlett High School was named to Newsweek’s list of America’s Best High Schools for 2013, ranking 1,754 out of 2,000 high schools across the nation selected for producing college-ready graduates. Full Story
U.S. News and World Report Names Elgin High School among Best High Schools for 2013
Elgin High School was ranked among the nation’s best high schools for 2013 by U.S. News and World Report. Elgin High School received a national rank of 1,776 and a state rank of 56. Full Story
U-46 Academy and Career Technical Education (CTE) Parent Presentations & Open Houses
U-46 is hosting a series of Informational Overview and Open House events to highlight the district’s five high school academies and Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. Full Story
Elgin High Students Seek Last $1000 of funding for their Student Leaders Summit in China
A group of seven Elgin High School students are seeking donations to help fund their trip to Shanghai, China for the Global Student Leaders Summit in March. Full Story